Monday, April 08, 2013

Bruce Rauner Statement on Caterpillar & Other Manufacturing Job Losses

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2013

Contact: Chip Englander
(312) 550-6822

Bruce Rauner Statement on Caterpillar & Other Manufacturing Job Losses

Chicago, IL – Bruce Rauner issued the following statement in response to the announcement Friday by Caterpillar Inc. that it is laying off more than 460 employees at its plant in Decatur and the news this morning that McLaughlin Body Company, a Caterpillar supplier headquartered in Moline, is opening - for the first time in company history - a manufacturing facility outside of Illinois:

"Unfortunately, this is another exhibit of failed leadership by Pat Quinn and his fellow politicians in Springfield. Too many folks are losing the opportunity to work and raise a family in Illinois. Layoffs are occurring far too often, businesses are looking to expand or move to other states and Illinois' workers are getting left behind.

"While most states saw their unemployment rates decrease over the past 12 months, Illinois' unemployment rate has climbed higher. In fact, our state has seen its unemployment rate increase more than any other state over the last year - that is unacceptable.

"I've heard again and again on my Listening Tour that the political leaders in Springfield have created an economic environment that makes it harder to increase jobs and have companies invest in their employees. An anti-job, anti-business atmosphere has permeated Springfield during Pat Quinn's time as governor and is impacting Illinois' citizens in the worst way. The status quo and career politicians are failing the people of Illinois."

Bruce is on a statewide Listening Tour as he considers a run for governor. The Listening Tour has already included more than 20 stops. Bruce has visited with voters in Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Mason, McDonough, Richland, Shelby, Tazewell, Washington, and Winnebago counties, and Elmhurst, Rosemont, South Holland, Winnetka, and Wheeling.

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